Wild weather over the weekend prompts nervous locals to call for sandbags.
Wild weather over the weekend prompts nervous locals to call for sandbags.

Nervous locals call for sandbags

MINOR panic set in for some Coffs Coast residents as heavy downpours pounded the region at the weekend.

With memories of last year’s disastrous floods still fresh, 12 locals asked the Coffs Harbour City SES for sandbags.

“We’ve had reports of minor flooding with surface flow affecting some properties,” local controller Bob White said.

“We also had a call for help from a Friday Creek family when they ran out of nappies for their baby. Their bridge was under water.

“The Coffs Creek was up by about a metre yesterday but nothing substantial. There was a temporary road closure in Bray Street when the creek went over the road.”

The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday issued a minor flood warning for the Orara River at Glenreagh and downstream with up to 100mm of rain falling in the Orara Valley in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.

As much as 80mm fell in Coffs Harbour in the same period, while Bellingen had more than 100mm, Dorrigo had 52mm, Grafton recorded 63mm and Kempsey had 37mm.

A severe weather warning for flash flooding in our region was cancelled yesterday afternoon.

Sunnier skies aren’t due to return to the Coffs Coast until Thursday as the low-pressure trough bringing us all the rain edges inland.

A few showers are forecast today and a shower or two tomorrow and Wednesday.



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